How to screenshot on an android device

A screenshot is a photo of what is on your device’s screen.  

The screenshot usually gets saved in the same place as all other photos you take. 

Due to the large number of different devices that use Google’s android operating system, there are different ways screenshots can be taken. We have listed the common methods that work for most android devices.

How to screenshot on Samsung devices

  1. Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button (at the same time) for 1 to 2 seconds to take the screenshot. 
  2. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

Most Galaxy devices offer this extra option

  1. Go to your device’s Settings. 
  2. Go to ‘My device'. 
  3. Go to ‘Input and control’. 
  4. Click on ‘Motion’. 
  5. Click on ‘Hand motion’. 
  6. Turn on the ‘Palm Swipe to Capture’ option. 
  7. You can now swipe the side of your hand from left to right across the screen (pressing your hand gently on the screen) to take the screenshot. 
  8. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

Most Sony Xperia devices offer this extra option

  1. Press and hold the Power button for 1 to 2 seconds. 
  2. A Power option box will appear on the screen. 
  3. If the option is available, click on ‘Screenshot’. 
  4. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

How to screenshot on Google Pixel devices

  1. Open the screen that you want to capture.
  2. Press the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time.
  3. Your phone will take a picture of the screen and save it.
  4. At the bottom left, you'll find a preview of your screenshot.

 

For most other brands of android devices

  1. Press and hold the Power button, and then the Volume Down button (at the same time) for 1 to 2 seconds to take the screenshot. 
  2. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal.

 

If none of these screenshot methods work for your device, we suggest you open a search engine and search ‘How do I take a screenshot with a (your device type/name)’. 

There are also some apps that can be used to take a screenshot. Open Google Play and search ‘screen capture’. 

How to screenshot on an android device (video)

Taking a screenshot on an android